“If you’re born with a different sexual identity than the mainstream is comfortable with, you’re already at an advantage. You have to create who you are to discover who you are. You’re just set up from birth to have to figure out and deal with things that a lot of people don’t even know are questions in life.”
—from ‘A beacon of hope in the backwoods of Tennessee.’ Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/10aFCuf
Gross National Happiness
Expanding conventional Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measurements of wealth to include non-monetary factors like psychological well-being, community vitality, and environmental quality, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a sophisticated survey instrument to measure the population’s general level of well-being. Proposed policies in Bhutan must pass a GNH review similar to an Environmental Impact Statement in the US.
—from 23 laws from other countries the US should adopt
How the US is behind the rest of the world in GMO policy
"People everywhere are realizing that this is not merely an issue of choosing one crop or food product over another, but that genetically engineered seeds are irreversibly changing the face of entire countries and landscapes, replacing biodiversity and plant variety with mono-crop agriculture, with no possibility for the commons to ever reclaim sovereignty over a genetically diversified seed bank."
—excerpted from How the US is behind the rest of the world in GMO policy
"An Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica), aka the Ocean Parat, on Machias Seal Island, located in waters disputed between Canada and the United States. Over 7,000 of these pelagic birds live on the island, returning each year to lay one egg. The remainder of the year the birds do not come on land at all, instead following food sources in the Atlantic Ocean."
—from Wildlife of the Fundy Seas